On Sunday afternoon we went to see Redbelt, the new David Mamet flick. David Mamet has had an interesting career – one the one hand, theater nerds know he’s a contemporary legend. The man wrote Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Oleanna, Speed the Plow, and probably his most famous, Glengarry Glenn Ross. On the other hand, he’s done a lot of films – he wrote The Untouchables, Wag the Dog, a draft for Ronin, just to name a few. He’s recently branched into television with The Unit. So we thought “Hey, let’s see Redbelt.” And it’s a little odd. Not bad, just odd.
Redbelt tells the story of Mike Terry, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, a ju jitsu teacher. More than that, Mike is and old school samurai type who’s more interested in honor than accolades. And weird and terrible things happen to him and the people around him. (I won’t say more than that because I don’t want to spoil anything.) The supporting cast of Tim Allen (yes, that Tim Allen, as an aging, bitter, action hero), Joe Mantegna, Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro (much better in this than as Paolo on LOST), and Max Martini (from The Unit) is quite good. But it’s Chiwetel who really holds the film together, and once again, he’s stellar. I love watching that man.
If you’re in the mood for a twisty martial arts con man movie, check it out. Here’s the trailer:
What’d you do Sunday?